HSBC Launch The Daily Mile for Birmingham Employees
Posted: Tue, 14 May 2019 15:16
HSBC UK is challenging Birmingham-based employees to walk to Hong Kong after signing up to the Daily Mile initiative in the city.
HSBC UK has set a target for employees to walk an accumulative 6,000 miles – the distance between HSBC UK's Birmingham headquarters and the company's Hong Kong base – over the next 12 months.
The bank kicked off its inaugural Daily Mile walk this week, led by HSBC UK Head of Commercial Banking Amanda Murphy. She headed a group of 80 employees on the mile-long route from 1 Centenary Square, with colleagues from other HSBC UK offices from across the city joining the walk.
The Daily Mile is an international initiative that aims to embed physical movement into a daily routine to improve fitness and wellbeing. Initially focused on children and young people, the scheme is now expanding into the workplace to encourage people to walk, jog or run for 15 minutes a day.
Hong Kong and Birmingham have strong historical links for HSBC. The bank was founded in Hong Kong by Scotsman Thomas Sutherland in 1865, whilst Birmingham was the home of the Midland Bank, acquired by HSBC in 1992. Hong Kong remains the centre of the bank's Asian operations, whilst HSBC UK opened its Birmingham headquarters in October last year.
Amanda Murphy said: "We are encouraging employees to take time away from their desks each day and undertake some physical activity. Everybody loves a challenge and it would be great if we could hit the 6,000-mile target, which would be the equivalent of walking to Hong Kong, where HSBC was founded in 1865.
"Just walking for 15 minutes a day is great for your physical and mental wellbeing, and it also gives you a chance to connect with and chat to colleagues from across the bank. The Daily Mile is a fantastic initiative and is already making a difference to school children and young people across the UK. I'm proud that HSBC UK is supporting it."
Sam Payne, The Daily Mile Local Coordinator for Sport Birmingham, added: "As The Daily Mile Coordinator for children across Birmingham, it is fantastic to see businesses like HSBC UK setting a positive example for our children and young people. I have no doubt that employees of HSBC UK will experience benefits to their mental and physical wellbeing, and that the company's uptake will help others realise that a little goes a long way."
The launch of The Daily Mile in Birmingham is one of a number of initiatives taking place across HSBC UK this month as part of its Wellbeing Month, aimed at improving employees' financial, physical and mental wellbeing.
Other activities include talks from double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes and SAS: Who Dares Wins presenter Jason Fox, as well as seminars and workshops.
The Daily Mile was founded just seven years ago by Elaine Wyllie at a single primary school in Stirling. Concerned about the children's lack of physical fitness, she decided to get her pupils moving for 15 minutes a day to improve their overall fitness.
She said: "It's wonderful to see the initiative grow from children and young people to adults in the workplace. Just 15 minutes of physical activity everyday can transform your social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing!"
Today, over 5,600 UK schools, and a further 3,000 across 65 countries, take part in The Daily Mile and Elaine received an MBE in March. In the last 12 months it has been included as a key measure in the UK Government's Childhood Obesity Strategy – which aims to halve all childhood obesity by 2030; it has earned praise from Prime Minister Theresa May and cross-party MPs; and has developed strong partnerships with ITV, Sport England and London Marathon Events.
Find out more about the Daily Mile here